November 20th 12:15pm - 1:45pm
LBJ School First Floor Lobby(map
As our country’s average age and immigrant population increase, it is worthwhile to understand the intersection of aging, diversity, economy, and policy. In his upcoming lecture, Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, who served as former Assistant Secretary for Aging under President Clinton, discusses the relationship between aging of society and the current debates around immigration reform. The event is scheduled on November 20th at 12:15 in the LBJ School First Floor Lobby. Torres-Gil’s lecture is co-sponsored by the LBJ School and the Department of Government. This event is part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of 50 events celebrating 50 years of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legislative legacy. The series explores civil rights issues such as human rights, immigration, and social justice, calling for a renewed effort to improve the lives of all citizens. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please RSVP at http://torres-gil.eventbrite.com “Dr. Torres-Gil provides a coherent framework by which to understand the interplay among immigration reform, diversity, and the politics of aging,” said Dr. Jacqueline Angel, Professor at the LBJ School. “As a three-time Presidential Appointee, he brings a fresh perspective on the new realities of immigration in an increasingly diverse society. Hispanics will make up a large fraction of the U.S. labor force that supports tomorrow’s retirees. If these groups are confined to the low-paying service sector, race, ethnicity, and age will interact to reinforce disparities that may give rise to serious generational conflicts. His insightful examination of these current trends and pragmatic explanation forms the basis for new and innovative solutions.” Currently a professor of Social Welfare and Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affair, Torres-Gil is the Director of the UCLA Center for Policy Research on Aging and Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at USC. He has served under some of Washington’s greatest leaders including President Carter, Secretary of HEW Joseph Califano, President Clinton, and President Obama. Torres-Gil’s research spans topics of health and long-term care, disability, entitlement reform, and the politics of aging. “In reality, aging is an immigration concern,” said Torres-Gil. “Entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare must be sustained in a time of declining fertility levels among non-Hispanic whites. The nexus of aging, diversity, and immigration become the new conceptual and political reality, and the economic future of the United States depends on a productive and energetic young population of a new and diverse set of immigrants, minorities, and ethnic groups.” Torres-Gil is involved in organizations such as the AARP Foundation, The California Endowment, the Los Angeles Chinatown Service Center, and the Board of Airport Commissioners. He has served as Acting Dean and Associate Dean at the UCLA School of Public Affairs and as Chair of the Social Welfare Department. In looking forward, he advocates embracing our diverse population and harnessing its power for the good of our country. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please visit http://torres-gil.eventbrite.com to register. Self-pay parking is available in Manor Garage on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this lecture, please contact Kelly Pratlett at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.